Welcome to Shedd Aquarium! We can't wait for you to meet 32,000 amazing animals and explore the world’s oceans, rivers and reefs — right in the heart of Chicago.
The best Shedd visit begins online, not in line. We offer three easy ways to purchase your tickets in advance to avoid a long wait: Select our most popular ticket, the Total Experience Pass; become a Shedd member; or get a Chicago CityPASS, a great vacation value featuring Shedd and four other major attractions. See details on all advance ticket packages below. Other ticket packages are available on site. Quantities are limited and may sell out.
When you're at Shedd, you're our guest, and everything we do is designed to give you an incredible visit.
Winter (Labor Day-Memorial Day)Weekdays: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.Weekends: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Special hours10/1 - 3:30 early close for Abbott Oceanarium, Stingray Touch, and 4-D Experience
Summer (Memorial Day-Labor Day)Every day: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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Adult $94 Child $79
Save 50% off Chicago’s 5 best attractions, plus skip lines. Chicago CityPASS includes immediate VIP entry to Shedd Aquarium, including all exhibits and a special FX 4-D Experience (ticket value $37.50). The aquatic show can be added for $2 a person. Valid 9-days.
Price varies by experience.
Meet a penguin, touch a beluga whale, become a trainer for a day or take a tour behind the scenes of Shedd.
Adult $54.95 Child $40.95
On busy days when there's a long admission line, express entry is available for purchase. The Express Pass allows you to bypass the ticket line and begin your visit. The pass, sold for same-day admission, includes everything Shedd has to offer, including the aquatic show, Stingray Touch and a 4-D Experience.
Adult $39.95 Child $30.95
The best value to see everything Shedd has to offer! Select your show times and plan your day in advance. The Total Experience Pass includes access to all of Shedd’s exhibits and experiences, including the aquatic show, Stingray Touch and a 4-D Experience. For best availability, we recommend you plan at least 5 days in advance.
*Ticket pricing reflects the seasonal availability of this experience. (Nov. through May - Adult $36.95 Child $27.95)
Membership packages start at $75 each year.
Support Shedd and enjoy unlimited admission to the aquarium year-round.
Save up to 55% on Chicago’s top attractions. With the Go Chicago Card choose from more than 26 attractions, museums and tours in Chicago for one low price. This pass is now available for instant delivery, and you can skip the line at Shedd (and many other attractions, too). Add Shedd's aquatic show for $2 a person (available at Shedd box office only).
Pass includes your choice of one of the following: Shedd's aquatic show, Jellies special exhibit, Stingray Touch experience or a 15 minute 4-D movie.
Shedd's aquatic show, Jellies special exhibit, Stingray Touch experience or a 15 minute 4-D movie can be added for $5/person/experience.
Does not include Wild Reef, Abbott Oceanarium, Polar Play Zone, Jellies special exhibit, aquatic show tickets or 4-D Experience tickets. Jellies and the aquatic show cannot be added to the General Admission ticket.
Located in our historic rotunda, this 90,000-gallon habitat has been thrilling guests since 1971. Learn more.
Experience the Amazon’s yearly floods and meet some of the mighty river’s diverse residents. Learn more.
Discover amazing animals from oceans, rivers, lakes and wetlands around the world in Shedd’s original galleries. Learn more.
Find out more about life along the Great Lakes, and touch a sturgeon, a living fossil. Learn more.
Dive deep into the magical coral reefs of the Philippines and get within inches of sharks and rays! Learn more.
Take an unforgettable stroll through the Abbott Oceanarium, where you’ll encounter dolphins, belugas, sea otters, sea lions and more. Learn more.
Enter the mysterious world of sea jellies. Learn more.
Play! Splash! Pretend! Join the fun in this exhibit created especially for families with kids 2-7. Learn more.